Comics class - view from back of the large lecture hall


The grant supported the development of ten new courses, five each in AY 2022/23 and AY 2023/24. Click on the course title for a range of teaching materials supplied by each course developer, including syllabus, slide-decks, lesson plans, assignments, and a blog. 

Year One (AY 2022-23)

Slide - Bulletproof Black Men

AFRAS 475 - Super Black: The Politics of Representation in Comics

Ajani Brown, Department of Africana Studies
“Super Black" is the exploration of comics focused on the increased prevalence of black comic book characters and their creators.  We will delve into the purposeful and audacious inclusion of these culturally specific story arcs into the sequential arts medium. This is an analytic history of the diverse contributions of Black artists to the medium, covering comic books, superhero comics, graphic novels, and cartoon strips.

Slide - Latinx Comic Book Storytelling cover

ECL 568 - Chicanx Comix: Community, Storytelling, and Social Justice

William A. Nericcio, English and Comparative Literature
When it comes to the history of comics, comic books, editorial cartooning, and animation in the United States in the 20th and 21st century, the chapter dedicated to works by Americans of Mexican descent (Chicanos/as/x) would be enormous. Examining pathbreaking works, “Chicanx Comix” treats advanced undergraduates and/or graduate students to broad array of styles, genres, media and more.

Lesson 10 slide - The Future Race and Morailty

HIST 538 - Comics in Cold War America

Gregory A. Daddis, History
“Comics and Cold War America” examines the Cold War as a political, ideological, cultural, and military contest through the medium of the “comic” as it evolved throughout the post-World War II era. By examining Cold War comics, students will have the opportunity to evaluate how these visual arts depicted race, identity, gender, and social justice during a time when many U.S. citizens believed they were engaged in an existential struggle between good and evil.

Slide - Mainstream Comics Go Queer

LGBT 550 - Queering Comics 

Jess Whatcott, Women's Studies/LGBTQ+ Studies
“Queering Comics” is an exploration of LGBTQ+ culture, ideas, aesthetics, relationships, identity, and politics through the prism of sequential art. We will use the medium of comics to explore the politics of representation, assessing both the consequences of the absence of complex queer and trans characters, and conversely the stereotypes that are reproduced when queer and trans people do appear.

Slide - Coloring Comics

RWS 413 - The Rhetoric of Comics

Ben Jenkins, Rhetoric and Writing Studies
“The Rhetoric of Comics” offers an analytical look at the multimodal characteristics of comics, focusing on how visual rhetoric and sequential narrative are crafted within the genre to persuade and to convey meaning and messages to specific audiences. Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate the various modes of communication that comics creators utilize in telling their stories.


Year Two (AY 2023-24)

Slide - Jamie Reyes, Blue Bettle, Graduation Day

CCS 235 - Comics and Race

Michael Domínguez, Chicana and Chicano Studies
“Comics and Race” examines the representations of race, ethnicity, culture, and racialization in comics and comic media. Specifically, we will give comics their due respect, positioning them as literature and meaningful cultural contributors, and undertaking literary and social analysis of these texts as racial narratives intersecting with historical and contemporary sociopolitical tensions in our contemporary lives.

Slide - Monstrous girls of Tomie (1987-2000) and Ringu (1997)

HIST 459 - Manga and Japanese History

Raechel Dumas, History
“Manga and Japanese History” maps the cultural history of modern Japan through representative works of manga (Japanese comics) and selected anime adaptations. Students will analyze manga as primary sources that reflect the array of historical developments, cultural transformations, and socio-political discourses that have played into the construction of “Japan” from the early modern period through the new millennium. 

Slide - Anansi in Contemporary Media

HUM 250 - Avenging the Universe:
An Introduction to Environmental Humanities & Comics

Kishauna Soljour, Humanities
“Avenging the Universe: An Introduction to Environmental Humanities & Comics” explores the relationship between humanity, nature, and visual storytelling.  Engaging the full spectrum of visual medium, the course analyzes comics, graphic novels, cartoon strips, animation 3-D imaging and film. Utilizing different styles of written and visual communication, we will develop new ideas about environmental solutions and create stories that envision possible futures grounded in equity, justice and a duty to protect our dying world.

Slide - Captain Underpants

TE 579 - Comics for K-12 Educators

Katie Sciurba, Literacy Education
“Comics for K-12 Educators” is a course designed to (re)introduce students –who are also future/current elementary, middle, or high school teachers – to the socio-political importance and the literacy-enhancing value of comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels. As we situate comics and graphic novels within discussions of censorship and justice, students in this course will also develop ideas for educational practices that challenge notions of difference that advantage some groups over others.